‘Europa and the Bull’ by the Circle of Jean-Francois de Troy was one of the top lots at Tennants Auctioneers’ British, European and Sporting Art Sale on 13th November, when it sold for £18,000 (plus buyer’s premium). The sale was well attended in the room, with a wide range of private buyers bolstering prices throughout the sale. Further highlights of the sale included a view of ‘St Mark’s Square, Venice’ by Antoinetta Brandeis, which sold for £11,000, and ‘The Welsh Harp’ by Algernon Cecil Newton, which sold for £11,500.
A good offering of Sporting Art in the sale was led by ‘Shamming’ by William Henry Hamilton Trood, painted in 1887. Once owned by Joseph Harger Mitchell, managing director of the Halifax Building Society, the painting sold for £8,500. Selling well above estimate at £5,900 was Lillian Cheviot’s ‘Portrait of Shortcoming’, the winner of the 1921 Waterloo Cup. Painted in the year of the greyhound’s victory, Shortcoming was owned by Osbert Cecil Molyneux, 6th Earl of Sefton and the Countess of Sefton, descendants of The 2nd Earl of Sefton who founded the Waterloo Cup in 1836.